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Offline Johnny Boy

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2022, 10:40:34 AM »
I've used Revell Metallics for an unpainted finish Aluminium cargo plane which was quite effective. Don't know if there's a chrome equivalent but might be worth a look. Scale 75 Metal 'n' Alchemy White maybe but won't provide the almost mirror finish you're after. Have you investigated paints available for RC Cars?

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2022, 07:05:54 PM »
Humbrol do a polished steel paint, I think you paint it on, then buff it up gently? Thatís at least what I remember anyway!

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2022, 12:19:52 PM »
Plenty of ideas, thanks everyone. Some are a bit expensive for just 10 figures but the Humbrol could be just the job and pretty cheap. I think Iíll get some of that.

Iíll report back.

Thanks

Doug

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2022, 04:02:41 PM »
Straight Silver, then a thin black wash, then drybrush with the Silver again.
It's fast, cheap, and gives a it a "rubbed steel" look that I like.
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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2022, 04:18:00 PM »
Humbrol metalcote is starting to be a rare bird, especially in the US and Europe, so if you like it, stock up. 
PS, you do know itís not acrylic, right.  Itís best cleaned off the brush in white spirit.  Just donít want you wrecking a good brush by trying to wash it in water  ;)

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2022, 05:47:24 PM »
Straight Silver, then a thin black wash, then drybrush with the Silver again.
It's fast, cheap, and gives a it a "rubbed steel" look that I like.
Iíve been thinking since my last message. The Humbrol is cheap enough - the postage costs more than the product - but I donít think I can be bothered. And as mentioned here:
Humbrol metalcote is starting to be a rare bird, especially in the US and Europe, so if you like it, stock up. 
PS, you do know itís not acrylic, right.  Itís best cleaned off the brush in white spirit.  Just donít want you wrecking a good brush by trying to wash it in water  ;)
Ö..thereís the aggravation of enamels and thinners etc and, not being a perfectionist, Iím looking for a simpler route. So my current thinking is:
Light grey over the black undercoat; highlight in white; dry brush with silver. It could be a disaster :D

 ;)

Doug

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2022, 09:33:23 PM »
Hello Doug ,
Could I suggest Ammo of Mig silver or polished metal? Itís acrylic with very fine pigment (not really itís mica),and itís fine  enough to spray through an airbrush (I know youíre not doing this,just emphasising  :) ).
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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2022, 08:42:48 AM »
Hello Doug ,
Could I suggest Ammo of Mig silver or polished metal? Itís acrylic with very fine pigment (not really itís mica),and itís fine  enough to spray through an airbrush (I know youíre not doing this,just emphasising  :) ).
Cheero
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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2022, 09:14:24 AM »
You might want to try this: wax-based, buffable, very realistic
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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2022, 10:11:41 AM »
Just found this blog post about using silvers & chromesd, it might help (I've not read it, just looked at the pictues  :D)

https://www.clairesmodels.com/blog/2019/6/1/selection-of-new-tamiya-lacquer-lp-metallics-and-other-chromes-tested

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2022, 09:13:02 PM »
Doug,
The company is Ammo of Mig (Jimenez). :)

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2022, 09:15:27 AM »
More good ideas - Iím getting spoiled for choice :)

Doug,
The company is Ammo of Mig (Jimenez). :)

Ahhh - the clue was in the name. :D I should pay more attention.

Thanks, GuyÖ..

Doug

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2022, 09:31:57 AM »
Haha, I do the same old boy. Iíd send you a bottle (I have a few), however from Australia to England maybe stretching it :)

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2022, 05:18:47 PM »
Haha, I do the same old boy. Iíd send you a bottle (I have a few), however from Australia to England maybe stretching it :)
My knee-jerk reaction to the thought of a bottle was, regrettably, "damn, missed out on a bottle of whisky". Then I realised you meant paint so my disappointment was tempered. :D :D :D

Doug

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Re: Looking for polished steel finish
« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2022, 07:52:12 PM »
I use Molotow Liquid Chrome Markers. Couple of quid off of Amazon. Oooze the ink out onto the palette and paint with it. For big areas, just colour it in with the pen.

It's not 'silver paint', it's basically mirror in a tube. I just can't convey how amazing it looks in mere words. I painted the fuel tanks on some GZG spacecraft in it and they look like chromed ball-bearings.

Photographing it is actually difficult because the camera flash, the camera and you are all reflected in the miniature...

It's wildly dependent on the surface texture. Some filler undercoat is necessary on some miniatures.

It's just glorious as edge on raised swords and bayonets. The hardest part is not overusing it.

(Don't get the gold, it's crap. Put yellow contrast over the silver.)

Credit goes to Adam Savage who mentioned using them for metal effects in one of his Youtube videos.

 

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